Thursday, April 18, 2013

Schools had opposed many facets of RTE

Schools had opposed many facets of RTE


Kolkata:Abolishing the detention of students up to Class VIII was not the only reason for private unaided minority institutions to have opposed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009,it seems.The schools,which are now relieved with RTE director Vikram Sahays clarifications,had opposed several other facets of the act.
Some of the clauses in the act gave us ample reasons to be worried, said T H Ireland,the principal of St James School.In our school,several underprivileged students and children from minority sections are given admission.The RTE Act has asked us to admit another 25% students from the poor sections of the society.If 50% seats are allotted to such students,the school wont be able to garner funds to run the institution.
Earlier,after meeting education minister Bratya Basu,the principal of Welland Gouldsmith School,Gillian Hart,too had expressed concern over the issue.She,too,had claimed that the minority unaided schools follow most of the rules under the RTE Act,but its impossible for them to offer 25% of the seats to the poor.We already have 25% reservation for students from our community and other communities coming from poorer sections.If we reserve another 25% seats,we are left with just 50% seats for other students who will pay the fee.How can we sustain this, she had said.
Principal of a school under the Church of North India (CNI) said: Another major problem was the RTE Act asking school authorities to allow representatives from the parents of students and the government to remain present in the managing committee as a representative.As a norm,members of the board of governors in all CNI schools are members of the CNI.To include new representatives from the outside would require us to change the policy.
An authority of a school waiting for approval from its board of governors to implement the pass-fail system said: The clarification from the ministry of human resource development that we will have adequate freedom to run our institutions has come as a boon.Certain clauses in the RTE Act are detrimental to the education system and may have far-reaching effects.

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